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Aerial Work Platform | Boom Lift & Scissor Lift

High-altitude operations usually refer to the construction projects required to work in high places. In these dangerous high-altitude operations, we need to use aerial work platforms to ensure the safety of workers and work efficiency. Aerial work platforms are the mobile elevating work platform equipment that is mainly used for high-altitude operations or some inaccessible working areas in various industries, such as building maintenance, construction painting, wire repairing, and equipment installation projects.


Boom Lifts

The boom lift has a retractable crank arm, which is suitable for operations that require overhang. It is mainly used for lifting equipment that people use to cross certain obstacles or reach high places for high-altitude operations. The platform of the boom lift has a large carrying capacity and can carry the weight of two or more people at the same time so that multiple people can complete high-altitude operations on this platform at the same time. Boom lifts are usually installed on trucks, so they can rotate 360 ​​degrees and are easy to move to different work locations. The boom lift is suitable for a wide range of engineering operations, such as stadium construction, dock engineering, cable repair, shopping mall construction, mining industry, station construction, etc. Although the boom lift has many advantages and good mobility, its cost price is relatively high.

Boom lifts are mainly divided into two types, namely, straight boom and articulated boom.

Straight Boom

The telescopic extension arm of the straight boom-type has no hinges, and this telescopic extension arm is linked to a working platform. Therefore, the working platform can extend its height by the telescopic extension arm. Because there is no hinge, the movement of the telescopic extension arm is restricted. But it still has an excellent lifting function, which can cross obstacles more stably and safely to reach a higher working position. Generally, they can reach a height of about 180 feet.

Articulated boom

The difference between the articulated boom and the straight boom is that the articulated boom has multiple articulated parts. The articulated boom can use a folding working arm (usually a two-section arm or a three-section arm), and the extension arm is bent to bypass obstacles to reach the working position. Articulated booms generally have a maximum operating height of 140 feet. This kind of articulated boom has a simple structure, easy operation, high work efficiency, and excellent safety. It is an ideal choice for large-scale industrial projects, suitable for heavy industries such as airports and ports, electrical maintenance, and high-rise building maintenance.


Scissor Lifts

The difference between the scissor lift and other boom-type lifts is that it does not have a telescopic boom nor a rotation function. Scissor lift is a wide range of high-altitude lifting equipment. Its structure is very special, using a linked folding bracket with a cross-scissor-like mechanical structure. This structure allows the lifting platform to be stably raised and lowered and provides a larger carrying capacity and a larger working platform. Therefore, the use of this scissor lift can improve work efficiency and safety. It is suitable for high-altitude operations that require multiple people. The scissor lift can be installed on a trailer with wheels to facilitate movement or choose to use a fixed bracket to fix its position.

Types of Scissor Lifts


The hydraulic scissor lift mainly uses an engine or an electric motor to generate power in order to drive the hydraulic system to raise or lower the working platform. When the pressure of hydraulic oil changes, the working platform will move up and down. The hydraulic scissor lift is easy to operate and can be easily operated without a lot of training. Most of these hydraulic scissor lifts are used in construction sites and engineering construction projects. Before choosing a hydraulic scissor lift, we must pay attention to the fact that in a cold environment, the hydraulic oil inside the hydraulic scissor lift will become viscous, which will slow down its work efficiency.

Electrical and Diesel

Diesel scissor lifts use diesel engines to generate electricity to generate power. Due to the diesel fuel, diesel scissor lifts generate a lot of exhaust gas and are noisy, so they are more suitable for ventilated outdoor construction projects.

In contrast, the electric scissor lift does not generate a lot of exhaust gas and noise, so it can be operated in a closed indoor environment. The volume and size of the electric scissor lift are relatively small. The electric scissor lift is the more popular scissor lift in the modern era because of its quiet effect and environmental protection characteristics.

Rough Terrain

The characteristic of the rough terrain is that it can work in an environment with uneven ground slopes or bad weather. The rough terrain uses heavy-duty tires, which can increase the gravity of the machine. Rough terrain mainly uses gasoline to generate power, not batteries. Because in general, the battery can only last for 8 hours of working hours, which is not enough for a day's workload.


The pneumatic scissor lift is a very environmentally friendly scissor lift. It mainly uses air pressure to draw air into the interior to drive the lift up and down. Because there is no hydraulic system and engine, this type of lift does not require frequent maintenance and does not emit a large amount of carbon to pollute the environment. Compared with other types of scissor lifts, the pneumatic scissor lift will cost higher than others.


Tips to choose the right lift for your project

Boom lifts and scissor lifts have a wide range of applications. The suitable lift can be selected according to the needs of the project, the range of movement, geographical location, and other factors. How to choose the right lift can refer to these points:

Environmental location: Check the size of the construction environment, whether obstacles are blocking, whether there is a sloping surface, etc. In addition, if it is indoors, check whether the size of the entrance is enough for the lift to enter.

The weight that can be accommodated: When choosing a lift, we must consider the total number of people who need to work and the weight of the equipment to avoid overloading.

The use of power and fuel: we need to choose the lift according to indoor or outdoor. If working indoors, we can choose lifts that use electric motors or pneumatic systems to generate electricity, because they are environmentally friendly and do not generate noise or exhaust gas.

ach type of lift has its characteristics and uses. You can contact our customer service (011-7000 7687 or at any time to find your suitable lift.

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